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HOCHKÖNIG – MARIA ALM
Hochkönig in Maria Alm is the highest mountain in the Berchtesgarden Alps and is a magnet for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts.
Boasting a wide choice of summer and winter activities, Hochkönig is a wonderful family attraction with schools and facilities for beginners, children and improvers.
At 2,943m above sea level, the mountain has a variety of ascents and descents, surrounded by verdant forests. Advanced skiers can go ‘cross country’ or off-piste, while snow-boarding, horse riding, nature walks, trail-running and tobogganing are also among the most popular activities.
The Königstour, described as ‘one of the most beautiful ski tours’ in the Alps, offers 32km of continuous slopes and 6,700 vertical metres. With 33 modern ski lifts and 120km of seamlessly-linked slopes, the Königstour is worthy of its enviable reputation.
Christmas celebrations in Maria Alm are among the most charming in the Zell am See region. Colourful Tyrolean picture book characters come to life, along with horse-drawn carriages, processions, rides, the sound of traditional Alpine horns, advent markets and pilgrimages to the church, which is festooned with festive lights.
Adrenalin junkies should hop on to a Ziachschlitten toboggan for an exhilarating ‘old-fashioned’ ride down steep slopes on a traditional wooden sled. This type of toboggan was originally used by hill farmers to transport wood and hay down from the snowy mountains. The Ziachshlitten races are great fun for participants and spectators alike.
Just a 15-minute drive from the CLC Alpine Centre, Maria Alm is a village with bags of life and charm and a range of events throughout the year, including Glühwein evenings and fun-filled family activities.
Close by is Funslope Schönanger, which offers a new skiing experience for those looking for a bit more action but not ready for Blue Tomato Kings Park at Mϋhlbach. The Living Room on the Hochkeil, Mϋhlbach is a compact ski area with 100% natural snow offering a different sensation to that of the harder packed canon variety. Hinterreit is another small ski area, with a practice lift for beginners. Stars of the skiing world also practice on the FIS training route at Mϋhlbach.
Summmer at the Hochkönig is just as action-packed as winter, with a range of activities: hiking over Alpine meadows, e-biking, trail running or racing downhill on the flow trail mountain-bike route in Natrun.
The Hochkönig is part of the 2nd largest ski area in Europe: Ski Amadé, taking its name from the world famous Austrian classical composer, Amadeus Mozart.
Ask at CLC Alpine Centre reception for details of tours and excursions.